New chair brings ‘millennial thinking’ to council of trustees
SLIPPERY ROCK, Pa. – Joshua Young, a 2004 Slippery Rock University graduate, is making political hay on his name. He’s captured the “youngest commissioner” ever elected in Pennsylvania’s Caln Township title and now he’s the “youngest chairman” of the Slippery Rock University Council of Trustees.
Young was elected chair at the SRU council’s Oct. 1 meeting. He had formerly served two year’s as the council’s secretary. Other new officers on the council are Eric Holmes from Pittsburgh who was elected as vice chair, and John Thornburg from Wexford who was elected secretary.
“I represent a new generation of leadership for Slippery Rock University. I am the first of the millennial generation. I believe I am bringing forward a new generation of ideas,” Young said.
“I think my generation expects more from public figures. We expect things to move as fast as we do. Government should be open and accessible. This is the millennial generation’s first chance to start a new chapter in Slippery Rock University’s history,” he said.
In his role as SRU trustee chair, Young hopes to bring an era of accessibility and accountability. “The world has shifted and the council should too. The council needs to be more flexible to meet the needs of all Slippery Rock University’s stakeholders in this new world,” Young said.
Young, now 28, was active as an SRU student leader involved in campus organizations while studying for his bachelor of arts in political science. He served as a student trustee to the council and as a Student Government Association senator as well as speaker of the Senate. He was involved in the design and placement of the 15-ton “Rock Plaza” on the campus quadrangle outside Bailey Library as part of a campus beautification project.
At the 2004 sculpture dedication, he said, “Since we are ‘The Rock,’ Student Government Association could think of no better way to symbolize the Slippery Rock name than by placing three huge rocks into a signature sculpture that will expand ‘rock pride’ across the campus community. For the last several years, Slippery Rock University has promoted ‘rock pride,’ and SGA thinks this plaza will reinforce that concept.”
Following graduation, Young was returned to the SRU trustee board in 2007 by Gov. Edward Rendell.
Since leaving SRU, he has become a leader in Chester County business and politics. He was sworn in as Caln commissioner Jan. 3, 2006 and again Jan. 4, 2010 and has helped revolutionize the township’s government. He has worked to save taxpayer dollars by bringing the township into the 21st century with computer and digital-based communications and record storage as well as cutting wasteful and unnecessary spending.
In 2007, Young helped facilitate Caln Township's acquisition of Ingleside Golf Course, which preserved 177 acres and provides a new recreational activity for the township. In 2009, Young helped create Caln Township’s conservation and renewable energy taskforce which has hosted a green expo and a shredding event.
As a commissioner, Young serves as chair of the parks and recreation committee, the King's Highway Park master plan committee, the Caln Community Day committee, the conservation and renewable energy taskforce, co-chair of the finance committee and as a member of the Coatesville Christmas Parade committee.
As a leader and advocate for higher education and Slippery Rock University, Young has said his role is to, "Continue the high quality of education principles and leadership preparation for current and future students that have guided me so well."
Young works for Young's Garage Inc., which his grandparents started in 1960, making him the third generation to work for the company.
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